Hey BTW We Found Kyouko

Mamoru calls Sayaka to give her the news. Plans are made.

Date: 2015-10-21
Pose Count: 10
Mamoru Chiba 2015-10-21 03:04:00 11853
It's Sunday around noon, and Sayaka's phone rings, and it's Mamoru Chiba's number.

When Sayaka answers, the boy on the other end of the line sounds tired and apologetic. "Sayaka-chan? It's Mamoru. We found Kyouko. She's not dead. She's not injured. But it's, uh." He pauses, fishing for words, and finally comes up with the extremely unhelpful, "Complicated."

It's silent in the background of his phone, so he's undoubtedly indoors somewhere, alone.
Sayaka Miki 2015-10-21 03:33:39 11864
    In between Kyousuke's worsenning condition in the hospital and Kyouko's sudden disappearance, Sayaka's been pretty stressed. Being reunited with Madoka was a brief silver lining, but once again alone at home, she was starting to feel lonely. In fact, she was considering calling Mamoru, just to see if he might have heard anything of Kyouko when the phone eerily rings.

    She doesn't even look at the phone number, but hastily picks it up. "Kyou--?" her voice falls as she realizes it's just Mamoru. "Oh...Mamoru-san..How is..Uh..." It seems he already knows what she's going to ask - he's already a step ahead of her..But the way he hesitates has her worried.

    "What....What is it?!" Sayaka holds her breath, afraid of what he might say next. "Mamoru-san...Where is Kyouko-chan?"
Mamoru Chiba 2015-10-21 03:41:25 11867
It's audible in his tone of voice: he's grimacing and rubbing at the back of his neck. "Well-- an evil magical organization got hold of her and jimmied some brainwashing and evil powers in her somehow, so... she's going around calling herself Apatite, and she has a LOT of power, and she didn't recognise me. She might not recognise you. She definitely didn't recognise Homura. We'll get her back, we just... need to figure out how."

He breathes out through his teeth. "Given how you were basically showing up at stuff without any magic to look for her, I'm expecting I won't be able to tell you not to put yourself in danger. So I'll do the next best thing and just say if you come across her, or if she finds you, for the love of god text me and Homura and anyone else you know with where you are. Program a speed-dial mass text into your phone. If she's not alone, try like hell to stay hidden, because the guy we saw her with was really, really powerful."

Then his voice closes off and gets a little quieter. "And she's really really strong."
Sayaka Miki 2015-10-21 04:07:24 11875
    Sayaka.....Stares incredulously at the phone as Mamoru goes into a long-winded explanation. It's almost hard to believe, considering only a few months ago, she was just an ordinary teenager, in a seemingly ordinary world. But there were such things as 'evil organizations' that went around brainwashing people, and turning her friends against people?!

    "What...But..What...? How is that even..Possible? I dont...Understand.." She takes a deep breath, trying to let this all sink in. The phone goes silent for a long moment. No, not Kyouko. Who would do this to her...Why? How!? This is nightmarish..As if she didnt have enough to worry about.

    "Who did this, Mamoru-san? Is there really no way to bring her back...? To..Purge this evil? I can't just..." Sayaka's own voice has quietenned a bit, trembling almost. She doesn't want to believe what she's hearing, it's just too...Crazy. But she knows Mamoru would never lie.
Mamoru Chiba 2015-10-21 04:12:49 11877
Not about anything important, anyway. He always lies about how he feels if he's injured or otherwise not a hundred percent. Also generally to the Senshi about not being Tuxedo Mask. But these things, they hold no bearing on Sayaka's impression of him, which is otherwise demonstrably true.

"I didn't say there's no way. I just said we haven't found it yet. We've already purged evil energy and brainwashing from someone, though it took some weird intervention and the situations weren't the same. I'm looking into it. The problem aside from 'how', though, is getting her to stay still long enough, and be alone, without anyone else from the Dark Kingdom there."

There's a brief pause on the phone.

"Which is who did it. The Dark Kingdom, I mean. And no, I don't know much about them, other than who two of them are."
Sayaka Miki 2015-10-21 04:21:53 11882
    Sayaka sighs, shaking her head, trying to force her heart to slow down. If only there were something she could do. "I just feel so...Powerless..Useless. I wish there was something I could do to help. We were pretty close...Heck, maybe you could use me as bait..It's worth a try, right? Just throw some subtle hint about me, something that would lure her out without alerting the others.."

    Her mind's racing with crazy, foolhardy ideas. But she's pretty sure that Mamoru will not like any of them. "Dark Kingdom, huh? That sounds crazy..Who are the two you know of?"
Mamoru Chiba 2015-10-21 04:28:32 11885
"That's not far off what I was thinking, though I wouldn't have called you 'bait'," says Mamoru matter-of-factly. "She almost-- ALMOST-- seemed to recognise me when she stabbed Sailor Moon. What I was thinking is that as soon as we've got something figured out that'll actually get the dark energy out of her, you'll be the one best able to distract her. I mean, we're good friends, she and I, but I think what she feels for you is deeper."

What the hell could he possibly mean by that? Never mind, he's still talking.

"So if you see her first, send out that mass text. If one of us sees her first, I'm sure we'll be able to keep her occupied until you get there -- someone can come get you, make sure you're shielded just in case she's more gone than we think she is, and then you start talking to her. Once she's focused on you, whatever it is we haven't figured out yet, we'll be able to apply it to her while she's not actively resisting. Sound workable?"
Sayaka Miki 2015-10-21 04:35:34 11887
    "What?" Actually, she's quite surprised that Mamoru didn't try to talk her out of it. It causes Sayaka to smile, just a bit. "Well I'm glad that you agree with me. We--" She pauses, "Wait, what!? She stabbed Sailormoon!? She's THAT brainwashed? How-how is she? Is Sailormoon okay..?"

    Sayaka only met the somewhat famous heroine once, but she seemed really sweet and kind. Could...Would, Kyouko have been capable of such a violent and cruel act?

    What knocks her further off-balance is when Mamoru starts talking about feelings. Which makes her feel all confused again. "Um...what do you mean by that...?"

    But he's off onto the next thought and she sighs. "Yes..I suppose, but I'm sure she wont be easy to find. If she really cares about me, and if there's still an inkling of her memories left, she'll probably be trying to avoid me..Unless she believes I'm in some sort of trouble. Even then, it'd have to be a carefully devised plan.."

    All the same, Sayaka nods. "Yeah, don't worry. I feel pretty useless, and it's REALLY tempting to just go and make that wish right now, so I'm more use to all of you..But.." But she's not ready..Yet. "I'll call you, and Homura-san too. I guess, I dont really know anyone else who could help me..But yeah, I can be your distraction. I'll do whatever it takes!~"
Mamoru Chiba 2015-10-21 04:42:07 11888
"Donnnn't make a wish. Homura and I are looking into alternate ways of getting power for Madoka, and we could look for you too, but it's a little slow-going," Mamoru cautions quickly, and Sayaka can most likely hear it in his tone, again, that he's pinching the bridge of his nose. "Anyway, Sailor Moon's going to be okay. Apparently part of Kyou-chan's job right now is to kill her? But she didn't-- it all happened kind of too fast, but from what I understand, she could have just done it at any point but was hesitating, and it might even have been an accident, in the end. Don't lose hope! And yes, do call-- and I'll ask around and see if there's anyone else who wouldn't mind giving you their emergency contact info."

Again there's a quick pause, as though Mamoru's debating saying something. Then he says, deliberately off-handedly, "I think she likes you. Oh damn, I have another call, and I've got to take it-- I'll keep you updated, and for now, stick to the plan, okay? Bye!"

And then the call ends with a 'beep beep'.
Sayaka Miki 2015-10-21 04:52:13 11892
    "Why do people keep telling me not to make a wish? I could always wish that Kyouko-chan is freed of this dark power that's controlling her..." but she's sure there's more to it than that. Even so, what could she possibly regret in such a selfless wish? In fact, it's one she's seriously considering if all else fails.

    Upon hearing of Sailormoon, Sayaka breathes a sigh of relief. "I'm glad. She seems like a sweet girl. I hope I can meet her again..Why would this..'Dark Kingdom' want to kill Sailormoon, through Kyouko-chan? that's just too cruel.."

    But, that gives her hope! "Then, a part of the old Kyouko's still there.." Then suddenly he's off again, and Sayaka has to wonder just how busy a super hero life is..